Easter: April 14th
"I am the Good Shepherd. . .I lay down My life for My sheep. . .but
the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the
Jesus organized the visible Church along the lines of a sheepfold.
St. Peter, first shepherd of the visible Church, depicts Jesus as the
invisible "Shepherd. . .of your souls." He tenderly remembers
all that Jesus suffered for us "Sheep going astray."
On Catacomb walls, early Christians delighted to draw pictures and to
wrote explanations of the perfect understanding and love between the Good
Shepherd and His sheep, such as that which exists between the
"Father" and "Me."
We are not only fed through the visible guidance of His Church,
but also through the invisible grace of the Sacraments, especially
"in the breaking of bread."
Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious
Second Sunday after Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me...
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Although not from today's Gospel, this
quote from the Gospel of John speaks of the wonderful relationship our
Lord has with each of us. He know us, He calls to us, He cares for
us, and yes, He laid down His very life for us.
We on our part need to nurture this relationship with our Lord
Jesus. We need to spend time with Him in prayer and meditation,
love Him, receive His gifts in the Sacraments, spend time listening to
His word by reading and praying through the Scriptures, praising Him, and
serving Him by serving our brothers and sisters.
Let us turn to Jesus, the Good Shepherd today, and ask Him to guide us as
we seek to do His will.